Deathwatch: Smartphones to kill MP3 players?
Not too long ago, the MP3 was the leader of the pack in the digital revolution. However, in no time at all, it already looks like MP3 players are to become as outdated, just like DAT.
UK sales of iPods and other MP3 players have slumped because people are more interested in buying smarter smartphones, which effectively replace the need for any type of MP3 player.
According to analysis, sales of MP3 players fell by almost £110 million. Obviously, there's still a huge market for them, but it seems that this gadget is in decline. No longer is the iPod the go-to device for people to listen to music on, soon shunting all MP3 players into the skip filled with MiniDiscs, portable CD players and WalkMans.
Samuel Gee, a technology analyst at Mintel, said that the decline in MP3 sales is “unlikely to reverse”, adding: “It is impossible to talk about the current PMP market without extensive reference to smartphones. The devices have directly contributed to the sharp decline in the value of PMP sales.”
It seems that MP3 players aren't convenient enough for consumers, as phones can make calls, browse the web and Tweet, whereas MP3 players just serve one primary function and don't connect to Spotify or whatever.
As well as MP3s going down the pan, digital camera sales are also suffering, which is another Deathwatch to keep an eye on.